Thursday, 21 September 2017

Deal done for Croft Medical Centre

A PROPERTY investment trust has acquired Chelmsley Associates, the company which owns the Croft Medical Centre.
News that the purpose-built primary care facility had a new owner, Primary Health Properties (PHP), was confirmed this week.
The deal means that PHP now has a portfolio of some 304 assets, worth in excess of £1.3billion.
Managing director Harry Hyman said: "Croft Medical Centre is a positive addition to the portfolio and meets all of our investment criteria, with the added advantage of being located within a new wider community led development, which also includes a school, dentist and pharmacy."

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Chelmsley Wood woman denies murder

MUCH MISSED: Philip Rolph was described by his family as a man
"who loved his life and his work".

A WOMAN has pleaded not guilty to the murder of a man who died following an apparent disturbance in Chelmsley Wood earlier this year.
Appearing at Birmingham Crown Court last week, Georgina Henshaw, 35, of Alder Drive, denied killing Philip Rolph
Mr Rolph, a 65-year-old grandfather, had suffered fatal stab wounds and was found by paramedics in the early hours of July 7. He was in his vehicle, which had been parked up on the estate, and died shortly after being taken to hospital.
Ms Henshaw was remanded in custody and a trial is expected to begin on January 2.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Knife campaign kicks off in North Solihull

CAMPAIGN: Officers carried out routine checks at Solihull College today.

POLICE officers have been at Solihull College's Woodlands Campus today, as part of a region-wide initiative to crack down on knife crime.
Officers from the Smith's Wood neighbourhood team were at the college this morning, carrying out routine weapons checks.
The force will also be working to educate students about the dangers of carrying a knife and the tragic consequences which can ensue.
Later in the day, PC Terri Discenza visited Resorts World, at the NEC, where she reminded retailers about the legislation relating to selling blades to underage customers.
Superintendent Keith Fraser said: "This is a chance for us to really highlight the dangers involved with carrying a knife, even if it’s just for protection.
"A lot of this activity is part of our daily business, however it always helps to have a really focused, concerted effort to target one issue.   We also want to provide reassurance to our communities who we know have some real concerns around knife crime, following a number of high profile crimes earlier this year.
"To be clear, there is no excuse to carry a knife. Knife crime can be utterly devastating and if you are found illegally in possession of a knife you will be arrested and brought to justice."
The week-long campaign will also see the promotion of so-called surrender bins, which will be set up around the West Midlands for people to dispose of weapons.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Chelmsley Wood project takes message to No 10

THE founder of a Chelmsley Wood-based social enterprise was this week invited to Downing Street to speak about the importance of children and young people learning skills outside the classroom.
Sarah Gill, who set up Gro-Organic, visited the Prime Minister's residence and had chance to discuss some of the work that the project was doing locally.
She pressed the point that there were not many ventures designed to encourage active citizenship among youngsters.
Speaking after the visit, Sarah said: "I'm proud of our young people on Chelmsley Wood and what they do in the community.
"Whether my views were taken on board or not today, at least I got to share examples of some amazing kids."
The visit came a couple of months after Gro-Organic was named as a runner-up at the West Midlands Outstanding Citizens’ Awards.
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson, who hosts the annual event, said: "Gro-Organic is doing brilliant work in Chelmsley Wood to clear up public spaces that have been neglected or vandalised.
"And they’re training young people who are at risk of falling into crime, to give them both skills and aspiration for their future."
The initiative started life helping residents at risk of eviction because of overgrown gardens and over the past few years has expanded to run a range of horticultural projects in and around the estate, with an army of volunteers helping to deliver many of the schemes.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Clean-up promised after travellers leave sports centre

TRAVELLERS who had set up camp outside North Solihull Sports Centre have moved on, Solihull Council has confirmed.
Caravans had pitched up at the Chelmsley Wood facility earlier in the week, prompting the local authority to take enforcement action.
The council said it would undertake a "thorough clean-up" at the site and repair gates and barriers in an effort to prevent the group from returning.
The arrival of travellers at the leisure centre follows an encampment in Castle Bromwich last week and several previous incursions over the summer.
Solihull MP Julian Knight, who represents the constituency neighbouring Meriden, has argued that current laws need to be reviewed to speed up the process for removing travellers.
He has written to Communities Secretary Sajid Javid to ask that the Government looks at the issue and has launched an online petition urging for the introduction of tougher legislation.
"Too many of our parks and green spaces have been hijacked by travellers this summer, causing a great deal of disruption and distress to residents," he said.
"Although the power to tackle illegal camps directly rests with the council and the police, as MP I want to do what I can to help protect our community."
In response to the most recent incidents, the Solihull Police Partnership said that dealing with illegal camps was "not simple or straightforward".
"All encampments are managed based on their individual circumstance," said a spokesman.
"Our joint response is always quick - however, what we do, how it's done and the time it takes to move encampments depends on a range of factors.
"They include: what the law enables us to do, safeguarding issues, any threat posed, type of land, number of travellers, tactics available etc."

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

School's application approved despite "eyesore" concerns

PLANS to change access to St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School have been approved, in spite of concerns by some councillors about the loss of green space.
The school had sought permission to create a new pedestrian entrance, accessed from Schofield Road, and a change to the boundaries.
Councillor Jim Ryan (Con, Bickenhill) said the access could be provided without taking the “pleasant” wedge of open space away.
“You have got a green area both sides and you’ve got trees. Now the proposal is to move the palisade fence right to the footpath boundary and that green area will be lost as an amenity to local residents.
“And we know in Kingshurst and other areas it’s heavily congested, heavily built up... and every little green, open space is treasured.”
Coun John Windmill (Lib Dem, Olton) said: “I have very great sympathy with Coun Ryan. I see no reason whatsoever for destroying what is a very nicely maintained area of green open space.
“An iron fence, two metres high, all along there is an eyesore quite frankly.”
While Solihull Council’s planning committee voted to approve the plan by a majority, the application was subject to conditions and Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs).

Drama troupe looking for new members

CASTLE Bromwich Theatre Group will be holding a new members night next week.
The event will be taking place at Arden Hall on September 19 (starting at 7.30pm).
The group said it would be ideal for those looking for a new hobby or hoping to rekindle an old passion.